Before starting IVF, a group of researchers claim you may be able to get pregnant naturally if you follow their directions.
A study was conducted in Great Britain, which included 577 overweight or obese women who’ve had fertility problems. Their average body mass index (BMI) ranged from 29 to 35. Those who lost weight doubled their chances of getting pregnant naturally.
Over a six-month period, half of the women were placed on a calorie restricted diet, which also included daily exercise. The goal was for them to lose five percent of their body weight. The other half of the participants was not part of the weight-loss plan.
In the group of women who did not lose weight, only one in 10 became pregnant. In the weight loss group, however, one in four women conceived. The study concluded that losing approximately 10 pounds in six months doubles your chances of conceiving naturally.
Anovulation is when no ovulation occurs during a menstrual cycle. Chronic anovulation is a common cause of infertility. This study purports that lowering BMI, even slightly, is one lifestyle intervention that may reverse anovulation. Weight in excess may not be the only reason for infertility, but weight-loss can be beneficial for a variety of factors.
Losing weight can be stressful, and added stress wouldn’t lend to your chances of conception either. However, one prominent gynecologist suggested cutting 500 calories out your daily diet along with 30 minutes of exercise. He claims this will result in a one- or two-pound, maintainable, weight loss per week. That is not a stressful regimen, and it can lead to lowering BMI in a few short months.
Over 60% of women in the US and the UK are overweight or obese. Besides creating fertility challenges, the extra weight increases the risk of miscarriage. Additionally, obesity increases the risk of birth defects, having a cesarean section, and even a stillbirth.
Certainly, other factors cause anovulation and other fertility challenges. This study, along with others, provides hope that natural conception may be possible by making healthy lifestyle choices.